Medicine/Medical. the rubbing in of an oil or ointment.
Pharmacology. an unguent.
Origin of inunction
< Latin inunction-
(stem of inunctiō
), equivalent to inunct(us
) (past participle of inunguere
) + -iōn- -ion
. See in-2
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Examples from the Web for inunction
Historical Examples of inunction
This latter, either internally or by inunction, is the most valuable and universally applicable of all remedies.
Unguentum, L. Any soft, fatty substance applied to the skin by inunction.
This can be administered either internally, by inunction, or by injection.
There is much greater difficulty with the skin, as inunction cannot be so well performed.
In India it is used by inunction in rheumatism and in the Philippines locally over the stomach in indigestion and colic.
British Dictionary definitions for inunction
the application of an ointment to the skin, esp by rubbing
the ointment so used
the act of anointing; anointment
Word Origin for inunction
C15: from Latin inunguere to anoint, from unguere; see unction
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The process of applying and rubbing in an ointment.
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